Self Doubt

2017 has been the year of self doubt. Where a self confidence and passion once stood, now stands second guessing and the “delete post” button. This year I have trashed  29 posts and 27 have made it onto whatelisabeth.  It’s not a huge difference, but the deleted posts have the majority. I won’t even begin to add up the number of potential Instagram posts that are now deep, DEEP  in my recycle bin. So many assignments that I was so proud that have barely passed and “innovative ” ideas that one trip to google has shown is common mentality. Add that to the insecurities I already have, and it’s not the best situation to be in. 

This isn’t a new issue; not too sure how to start fixing it. Like, there will always be someone or something better, how can I be happy with my work? Wish this was more of a positive post, but it’s been the only thing on my mind lately. If you struggle with this, or have found a middle ground let me know.

Natural Curly Hair Routine

Yep I did it. My room is a mess, the lighting is awful, and I filmed on my iphone. I want to do more videos, but it takes up a lot of time I don’t have. Tell me if it’s good, and if I should do more!!

here are the main take aways :

  1. you need leave in conditioner, mousse, AND gel
  2. Section you hair to make sure every in gets covered
  3. Don’t forget about your roots, so help me God
  4. I KNOW the thumbnail is messed up I don’t know what to do about it; it’s right everywhere else. Even in the featured image.

Gifts? Gifts. GIFTS!

How have we already circled back to the holidays?! We have just  2 months until presents have to be under trees, in stockings, or wherever you put gifts for your loved ones.  Have no fear, this post is here to save the day! Today (tonight/this morning/this evening/on this Christmas week), I have a blurb of ideas for 3 important people in your life; the guys, the gals, and your pals!

The Guys:

For all of the manly males in your life, gift giving can be hard. All that is advertised are tools, sports things, and cars, all of those thing are REALLY EXPENSIVE. This is great list of gifts from Uncommon Goods, that are a range of items and prices. There are doormats, home beer making kits, ticket stub books etc. If I had a special someone in my life, he would get a lot from this site. (My dad wants a new pack of reading glasses; I’ve already asked)

The Gals:

For the girls, stick to the cute. Jewelry, scarves, TEA STRAINERS, etc.. If it’s adorable she is guaranteed to LOVE it. The joyous squeals will be music to your ears. Of course, I have a nifty link to help guide your  girlfriend shopping adventures  .

The Pals:

Your good friends deserve the world. Depending on the size of your friend group, having unique gifts can be a struggle. These are the people that you can be the most problematic around . They will glare at you, yell at you, and then buy you ice cream and tell you they love you. So love them back with gifts  that will make them yell for the right reasons. Some personal favorites are the, make your own hot sauce, literary candles, the anatomy of a best friend poster, and the customized birthday books.

For this post I am working with UncommonGoods to start your holiday shopping adventures on the right foot! They are an online retailer where sustainability and social responsibility are part of their core values. Their products are from independent makers, and when you click on a product, one of the first things you see is who made it and where they are based from.  I already have multiple things bookmarked and ready for when I start my shopping. The prices aren’t the most affordable, but the quality and care that goes into every part of the transaction makes it all worth it.

5 Steps to Minimal Makeup

So minimal makeup? It’s fast and easy; perfect for the working woman. It’s actually perfect for any situation because of it’s simplicity. I’ve broken down my routine into 5 steps that take me from just-rolled-out-of-bed to effortlessly put together.

  1. Concealer/corrector: a peachy colored corrector can help with discoloration of dark circles and concealer helps make everything look like skin.


2. Powder Foundation: The coverage isn’t fantastic, but it is enough to make the skin seamless (aka you can’t tell where your concealer stops and my skin starts). With a light  dusting, it also sets all of the cream products.

3.  Bronzer: Yep, it’s extra and can be completely skipped, BUT HEAR ME OUT. Bronzer helps give dimension and color. It also doubles as eyeshadow.


4. Brows: Framing the face is essential when there is no time (or want) for full face. Defining the eyebrows, no matter how full they are, can be the difference between makeup that looks rushed, and the minimal makeup look I am trying to achieve.


5. Mascara & Liner: Again frame the face! Eyes are the window to the soul, draw attention to your windows! Mascara opens up the eyes, and a nude liner will make them look brighter.

There you have it, 5 easy steps to achieve a gorgeous minimal makeup look. What? The lips? Right so, I usually just use chapstick. Feel free to pair any lip color with this look! I guess that is 6 steps, but shhhhh consider it a bonus

Bullet Journal: 3 month update

In June, I started a bullet journal. It was daunting because making my own 95% customized planner is overwhelming. I had worries about finding the time to keep setting up spreads, if I actually needed a dotted notebook, if I actually needed to pay $20 for a fancy notebook I may not use  more than 5 pages of, and if it would honestly help me manage my time better. Of course, I spent weeks watching bujo (Bullet journal) videos on YouTube for inspiration. They were all beautiful and creative.  It made me wonder; how do I keep up?  I’m breaking this post into the three months and what my experience was like in each


June:

By then, bullet journalling had taken off and brands were already making affordable alternatives to the famous notebook that most people love. I got this one for $12, and I’ve found some for even less! I also got a giant pack of colored pens and let myself go wild with the colors for the first month. Getting that out of my system was important; I was full of ideas. I basically played around with my options for most of June. Even with the rainbow throw up, it did help me keep on track with my summer classes and social activities.


July:

I grew sick of colors lol.

I picked a space theme and stuck to an all black and pen spread. This month I had an idea of what worked for me, and kept refining my “style”. I knew I needed a monthly overview, a page for quotes, and depending on how busy I was, I flipped back and forth between weekly and daily spreads. Summer classes were winding down, so there was a lot more free time than usual. To do lists were needed more than structured spreads and I enjoyed that how it can be changed up that easily! This month was where I learned that all of these fancy colorful, artistic spreads weren’t necessary.


August:

August was where I truly fell in love with the Bujo system. I knew what I liked and what was useful. I picked a lavender theme, because purple, and it was cute but not overwhelming. I also made a weekly to-do list with a small space for specific events and appointments. That kind of weekly spread turned out to be really useful with no classes and tons of free time after work. I also dedicated a spread to the weekends. I experimented with a fitness spread, but that didn’t carry over into this month (Sept).

I used to think that people who kept up with these planners were heros/aliens from planet organization. This system is really easy to keep up with. Just a little time and you’ve got yourself a cute system that also helps you keep up with life! I’ll do another update soon, it’s turned into a real passion!

The Irma Update: Tired, Sticky, but Alive

So what happens when a legendary storm decides to cut through the middle of Florida instead of it’s intended path up the west coast of the state?

  • it weakens (thank god can you imagine the devastation?)
  • your power is out for days 
  • tensions run high because air conditioning is super important
  • you have to do your makeup by iPhone flashlight (first world problems I know)
  • the electric company’s message system begins with, “we know, you don’t have power”
  • Suddenly, no one can drive and run rampant on the roads
  • you count every blessing you’ve ever gotten

It’s been almost three days since Hurricane Irma barreled her way through Florida. I’m grateful to be complaining. The eye passed right through where I live in Polk county, and honestly having minimal damage is a miracle. My house lost a few shingles and all power. I’m learning the greatest lesson in patience waiting for power to be restored. Not all hope is lost though! I still have water, the office has electricity, and I have plenty of reading time. I also got to take a picture of this AMAZING rainbow the day after the storm. God’s promise that everything is gonna be okay. (if that’s not your thing, it’s a beautiful sign that everything will be okay!)

Back to School: All of the Links

So School? It sucks to be starting off on a bit of  a down note, but I’m so crazy late to post about back to school. In truth, I’ve been discouraged about life and usually blogging is the first thing that drops off my radar when this happens.  Let’s ease back into the swing of things with a bit of an edit! The rest of this post is a list of  YouTube videos and other blog posts about style, beauty, and other things that I think will be really helpful for the school year!  Some are school specific some aren’t, it’s all about taking what you need from them.

Style:

Affordable Outfit Ideas Under $50

BACK to SCHOOL Outfits of the Week Fashion Lookbook | Miss Louie

First Day Outfit

Food:

The 10 Best Budget-Friendly Recipes for College Students

33 Healthy Eating Habits Lazy College Students Will Appreciate

10 Make-Ahead Dinners Any College Student Can Cook

Beauty:

Golden Eyeshadow Tutorial + Easy Winged Eyeliner | Jessica Clements

GRWM: I Got No Sleep! Makeup + Skincare | Ingrid Nilsen

Minimal Fresh Makeup | Foundation-less, Long Wearing | Talk Through

Organizing:

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      *  I would like to make it very clear that all of the links below aren’t mine. These are videos and blog posts that I’ve found to be very useful, and wanted to make a nice little list of resources for anyone who may be looking for them 🙂 *

Dear Reader, I Caved and Bought Mules

For the longest time, the one pair of shoes I vowed to never get are mules. They are a 90’s trend I could never get on board with.  Bloggers, Vloggers, instagram influencers, etc. have made mules the shoes of the summer and to me, it never made sense. My arguments on this case were, “What’s the point of half a shoe,” and “it’s glorifying flip flops.”  On this day, (actually a few days ago) I caved and got a pair of mules; loafer mules to be exact.


Why? Well,  I found this pair that was under $25, they come in black, and they look a WHOLE lot like this high end pair. There are also three influencers that have made me convert to the mule trend: Blank ItineraryMiss Louie, and  the College Prepster. They make these silhouettes look modern and chic, so I had to give it a try.

Here is a quick pros and cons list if you’re still on the fence about this style:

Pros:

  • They give you an “effortless” put together vibe that I didn’t was possible to achieve with half a loafer
  • no straps or buckles to mess with, just slip on and you’re out the door!
  • variety of price ranges, yes broke college student, you too can give off fashion blogger vibes at a fraction of the price

Cons:

  • I can’t wear them if a lot of walking is involved. Maybe I need a different size, but they are kind of difficult to walk in
  •  Like most open shoes, they aren’t ideal for rainy days

Dear 20 



Dear 20, I am proud of what we did this year. We laughed and cried (a lot). Never forget this was the year you got your first degree, your first adult job, a solid group of friends, a decent car, a sense of direction, and for the first time in a long time you had a genuine smile 

I’ll miss you 

❤️ Elisabeth